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JDS Labs The Element Headphone Amplifier & USB DAC - Copper Ring

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  • Powerful headphone amp and ultra clean USB DAC

  • Precision machined chassis with comfortable knob

  • Microprocessor controlled relays eliminate turn on/off pops

  • Drives any headphones from balanced armatures to planar magnetics

  • Extremely low output impedance ensures transparent frequency response


JDS Labs The Element Headphone Amplifier & USB DAC - Copper Ring

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JDS Labs The Element

JDS Labs philosophy of conveying pure sound with power and control is realised in The Element. This muscular desktop amplifier and ultra clean DAC makes it simple to enjoy uncoloured sound with any headphone directly from your computer. Housed in a precision crafted chassis topped with a large and comfortable volume knob, The Element expresses its simple but powerful character: potent and pure music.

Impressive power output and sound quality.

CNET

The Element is able to drive any type of headphone or earphone, from balanced armatures to planar magnetics without emphasising any frequencies and zero background noise. Microprocessor controlled relays completely eliminate turn on/off pops and thumps produced by standardly designed amplifiers.

Further maintaining JDS Labs minimalist design, The Element has only a 6.35mm headphone jack on the front. All remaining controls and connections comprising of power switch, gain switch, USB input, and twin analogue jacks are situated at the back with a well thought out layout. To indicate that The Element is powered on, a ring of light with smooth copper colouration runs along the edge of the volume control.

Simplified desktop audio.

 

 JDS Labs

 

Ultra High Power
With 30V rails and peak output in excess of 1.5W, The Element drives all headphones on the market to extraordinary levels, from balanced armatures to planar magnetics.

Reference Grade Sound
The Element exceeds TPD criteria, outmatching our baseline for audible perfection. A wide DAC dynamic range maintains low noise and minimises hiss.

Low Output Impedance
The Element's extremely low output impedance ensures transparent frequency response for all headphone loads.

Dual Gain
Low gain of 1.0x is well suited to driving efficient IEMs, while High gain easily powers demanding full-size sets.

Exclusive DAC Use
It is possible to use The Element as a stand-alone DAC via the analogue jack inputs by simply turning the headphone amplifier off.

 

REVIEWS

 

CNET's Audiophiliac Assessment of The Element Headphone Amp & DAC

CNET

"An ideal choice for anyone who invested in a pair of high-end headphones."

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Amplifier Performance

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz: +/- 0.1dB
  • THD+N 1kHz, 150 Ω: 0.0009%
  • IMD CCIF 19/20kHz 150 Ω: 0.0004%
  • IMD SMPTE 150 Ω: 0.0005%
  • Noise, A-Weighted: -108 dBu
  • Crosstalk @ 150 Ω: -67 dB
  • Output Impedance: 0.1 Ω
  • Channel Balance: +/- 0.56 dB
  • Max Continuous Output, 600Ω: 140 mW (9.4VRMS)
  • Max Continuous Output, 150Ω: 505 mW
  • Max Continuous Output, 32Ω: 1.1 W
  • Peak Output Power, 32Ω: 1.5W

DAC Performance

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz: +/- 0.15dB
  • THD+N 100 Hz -0.15 dBFS: 0.0023%
  • THD+N 20 Hz -0.15 dBFS: 0.0016%
  • THD+N 10 kHz -0.15 dBFS: 0.0019%
  • IMD CCIF 19/20 kHz -6.03 dBFS: 0.0011%
  • IMD SMPTE -6.03 dBFS: 0.0012%
  • Noise A-Weighted dBu 24/96: -102 dBu
  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): >112 dB
  • Linearity Error -90 dBFS 24/96: -0.02 dB
  • Crosstalk -10 dBFS 100K RCA: -100 dB
  • USB Jitter Components 11025Hz: -113 dB
  • PCB Stackup: 4 Layers
  • Maximum DAC Line-Output, 100K: 2.10 VRMS

Data Support

  • Interface: USB, Audio Class 1
  • Native OS Support: Windows XP/7/8/10, OS X, Linux
  • Audio Formats: 16/44, 16/48, 16/88.2, 16/96, 24/44, 24/48, 24/96

Connectivity

  • Headphone Output: 6.35mm (1/4")
  • Analog Input: RCA
  • DAC Line-Output: RCA
  • Digital Input: USB - Type B

Dimensions

  • Case: 5.8 x 5.8 x 1.6 in
  • Weight: 18 oz

Configuration

  • Dual Gain: 1.0x and 4.7x
  • Thin Film Resistors: 0.1% Tolerance
  • Volume Potentiometer Taper: Alps 15A

 

FEATURES

  • Powerful headphone amp and ultra clean USB DAC
  • Precision machined chassis with comfortable knob
  • Microprocessor controlled relays eliminate turn on/off pops
  • Drives any headphones from balanced armatures to planar magnetics
  • Wide DAC dynamic range maintains low noise and minimizes hiss
  • Extremely low output impedance ensures transparent frequency response

 

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • JDS Labs The Element Amplifier+DAC (v1.53b)
  • 16VAC Power Adaptor
  • 3ft USB Type A to Type B Cable

 

BrandJDS Labs
Product TypeDAC / Headphone Amplifier
ColourBlack
Feature KeywordNo
Recommended UseDigital audio player, Hi-Fi, PC multimedia, Studio, TV
Manufacturer Warranty1 Year
Included Accessories16VAC Power Adaptor, 3ft USB Type A to Type B Cable
Part NumberNo
GTIN9987550415113

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